Porto Venere, the "other Portofino" on the Italian Rivera

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre/Italy (2012) – There are many places to visit in Italy. Cities like Rom, Florence, Milan, Genoa, Naples or Verona, beautiful Venice of course, the amazing Tuscany region or the Amalfi coast with its impressive Positano. If you're fortunate enough to travel through Italy you absolutely have to see one of the most beautiful places in Europe, at least on my list and the one of the UNESCO, which declared Cinque Terre with its five villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso a World Heritage Site. Located in Liguria to the west of the city of La Spezia, about 60 miles southeast of Genoa. The beauty of each of these villages is incredible; it will take your breath away. It sure took mine. Okay, to get there is an adventure already. Forget your car! Take the train or a boat. And be prepared to walk. A lot! Up and down, stairs over stairs, but all in all - so worth it! The charm of Cinque Terre will grab your attention before you can blink with your eye. The beauty of it will make you fall in love with this whole region. 
  
  
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Riomaggiore is the first of the Cinque Terre villages one meets when travelling north from La Spezia. The colorful village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is especially known for its historic character. Note: You got to love climbing stairs. In order to get around and be able to explore this cool little town you will have to climb hundreds of it!
 
The second one is also the second smallest of the famous Cinque Terre villages, Manarola. This village also may be the oldest of the five towns. In Manarola are not cars parked in the streets but fisher boats. You just have to see this!
 
Unlike the other villages in this area, Corniglia, the third on the list of five, is not directly adjacent to the sea. Instead, it is on the top of a little hill about 100 meters high, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces and the fourth side descends steeply to the sea. To reach Corniglia, it is also necessary to climb stairs. Many of them!
 
Vernazza, number four, is known as the truest fishing village on the Italian Riviera. Very picturesque is the harbor area with the colorful fisher boats. Beautiful and also colorful buildings wherever you go, witnessing what's going on in this village for centuries.
 
Last but not least there is Monterosso al Mare. A beautiful place with a long beach for some relaxing hours in and out of water and sun. It's the only sand beach in the Cinque Terre area by the way. The old and the new town are divided by a tunnel.
  
  

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